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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Theatre: Against Prejudice – A celebration of Ira Aldridge, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – Shakespeare’s Globe

“A celebration of Ira Aldridge, with a panel discussion and staged reading of Against Prejudice: Ira Aldridge, Theatre Manager – 1828. Arriving in England in the early 1820’s, Ira Aldridge became Britain’s first black Shakespearean actor and Theatre Manager. Brutally attacked for daring to act in Shakespeare’s plays in America, he rose to fame in the UK and became sensationally successful, though he was never accepted by the major London theatres and critics. He died in Poland, just as he was about to return and challenge America after the Civil War and the abolition of slavery.

Opening with a series of speeches and songs by members of the Coventry Belgrade Youth Theatre, Tony Howard leads a panel of performers and scholars in considering the importance of Ira Aldridge’s achievements for his time and ours.

Panellists include: David Olusoga (BBC Historian), Joseph Mydell (Actor), Martin Hoyles (Biographer) and Joseph Marcell (Actor).”

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Wednesday 20 September 2017

LRB Screen: In This World – London Review Bookshop

“The internationally acclaimed screenwriter and film-maker Tony Grisoni presents In This World, the outstanding docudrama he wrote and made with director Michael Winterbottom, winner of the Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear in 2002.

This acclaimed film follows the arduous journey made by two young men from the Shamshatoo camp in northern Pakistan to London in hope of a better life. Using young non-professional Afghan actors and shot on small digital cameras in natural light, In This World is ‘an urgently realist account of the grim commerce in human beings’ (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian) that remains vitally relevant 15 years on. The evening will be hosted by Gareth Evans, film curator at the Whitechapel Gallery.”

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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Seminar: Partition, Calcutta and the Crisis of Masculinity, SOAS University, London

“The partition of 1947 transformed Calcutta, the erstwhile first city of the British Empire. Almost overnight the margins of the city swelled and broke its banks and Calcutta metamorphosed into a seething and volatile post-partition city of millions of people, nursing the grief and despair of lost homes and identities of the bastu-hara, and the dream of finding life and living in the gigantic metropolis. This paper will be mapping the changing demographics as well as the sociology of spaces in post-partition Calcutta, to read shifting social relations in terms of class, caste, religion and gender. The focus will be primarily on the films of Ritwick Ghatak and the novels of Sabitri Roy while also referring to other fictional and autobiographical representations of the experience of Partition.”

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Wednesday 20 & Thursday 21 September 2017

Theatre: A Friend’s Story, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Shakespeare’s Globe

“Vijay Tendulkar’s revolutionary play, A Friend’s Story, elicited significant public reaction when it was first performed in India in 1981. Set in and around a college campus in the Poona of the 1940s, A Friend’s Story is about three students in a complex love triangle. The play explores a theme that was still considered taboo at the time – that of two people of the same sex being in a romantic relationship. With the magnitude of a Greek tragedy, this timeless tale of obsession, jealousy, betrayal and redemption expanded the horizons of Indian drama when it was first performed, and remains just as relevant today. As we mark 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, this play is a timely reminder of how far we have come, and how far we still have to go.”

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Thursday 21 September 2017 – Saturday 23 Sep 2017

Talk: Women of the World Festival 2 – Southbank Centre

“WOW – Women of the World is Southbank Centre’s festival that celebrates women and girls, highlights their achievements and looks at the obstacles they still face across the world. The WOW Thinkins are a chance to have your say on what and who you would like to see represented, what ideas can be developed into the programme, what in your opinion are the most relevant topics for women today, and what can we build on from previous WOW London festivals.”

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Thursday 21 September 2017 — Thursday 28 January 2018

Exhibition: Basquiat Boom for RealBarbican Art Gallery, London

“The first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988). Discover the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. This unprecedented exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections. Featuring rare film, photography and archive material, the show captures the spirit of this self-taught artist, poet, DJ and musician whose influence, since his death at 27 in 1988, has been enormous.”

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Thursday 21 September 2017 – Saturday 24 September 2017

Spanish Film Festival – Ciné Lumières at Institut Français & Regent Street Cinema

“A small selection of films made recently by Spanish talent.”

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Friday 22 September 2017

Film + Q&A: In Between – ICA Cinema

“In Between follows the lives of three strong, independent-minded Israeli-Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv. Away from the constraints of their families and enforced tradition, they find themselves ‘in between’ the free and unfettered lives they’re aspiring to lead and the restrictions still imposed on them by their country and their families.”

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Until 28 September 2017

Film: The Work – ICA Cinema

“Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, this documentary follows three free men as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with convicts.”

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Until Saturday 30 September

Bold – Graphic Design From India – Rich Mix

“A visual feast of posters, zines, film, typography and digital works that reveal the vibrancy and diversity of work underway in India’s visual communications scene.”

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Until Friday 20 October 2017

Exhibition: ‘Black Exodus: Act I-Materia Prima’ at Amar Gallery, London

“…the first solo exhibition in the UK by British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor. The exhibition will feature her existing abstract works in a black and gold color palette. The exhibition renegotiates the artistic and socio-political definition of “blackness” and explores the existing narratives of race and the African diaspora. This exhibition is the “Act-I” of the evolving series by the artist.”

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Until Thursday 26 October 2017

Exhibition: At The Heart Of The Nation – India In Britain, Edinburgh, London & Leeds

“The histories of Britain and India have long been interwoven. Embedded within this complex relationship are fascinating yet forgotten stories of how the historic Indian presence in Britain has critically shaped the island nation we know today. ‘At the Heart of the Nation: India in Britain’, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of India’s Independence, will celebrate these unknown narratives through a stunning photographic exhibition. The exhibition led by the Open University, in collaboration with the Indian High Commission, the Nehru Centre, and the University of Exeter, launches in August 2017, and will tour until December 2017 and will be showcased around the United Kingdom, including in London and Edinburgh.”

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Until Thursday 30 November 2017

Exhibition: To Honour a Great and Good Man – Newcastle University

“The story of Dr Martin Luther King’s award of an honorary degree from Newcastle University. Drawing on material from the archives of Newcastle University’s Special Collections, this exhibition will tell the story of Dr King’s visit to Newcastle. It will look at what led to his nomination for an honorary degree, the communications and preparations building up to the visit and what happened on the day itself, as well as the aftermath and legacy of Dr King’s visit.”

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Until Saturday 23 December 2017

Gallery Tours: African Heritage Tours in Europe 1600 – 1815 – V&A Museum

“…extraordinary Afro-European narratives within the new Europe 1600 – 1815 galleries…”

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